ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Watch: Pat Cummins’ terrific catch to send back Babar Azam in AUS vs PAK clash

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand
October 20 2023
Watch: Pat Cummins' terrific catch to send back Babar Azam in AUS vs PAK clash

Babar Azam was dismissed for 18 against Australia in Bengaluru.

World number 1 ODI batter Babar Azam had a poor show against Australia in Bengaluru. Pakistan are struggling against five-time World Cup champions Australia in Bengaluru. Australia have given Pakistan a target of 368 runs but Pakistan after a great opening partnership from Imam-ul-Haq (70) and Abdullah Shafique (64) have failed to carry the momentum forward. They added 134 runs for the opening wicket, but soon after picking Abdullah Shafique, Australia made a roaring comeback with three quick wickets. 

Babar Azam came in to bat at number 3 with huge expectations on his shoulder. Babar was expected to carry the momentum forward and take Pakistan closer to a mammoth target. He did make a decent start in his innings but couldn’t carry it for longer. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam (18) lost his wicket to leg-spinner Adam Zampa. Australia skipper Pat Cummins took a great catch to dismiss Babar Azam on just 18 runs. The right-hand batter scored three boundaries in his short innings. 

Clever Cummins plans Babar’s wicket

Babar Azam attempted a pull shot against Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa but he couldn’t get full control of his shot. Pat Cummins was positioned close and he took a screamer to dismiss the Pakistan skipper. Australian team strategized Babar’s wicket in a clever way as Cummins introduced leg-spinner Adama Zampa against Babar Azama and he kept himself in a close position for Babar’s favourite pull shot against the leg-spinners. 

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Pakistan lost three wickets in 5 overs after losing Abdullah Shafique’s wicket in the 22nd over. Abdullah Shafique was caught by Glenn Maxwell when he top-edged one of Stoinis’ bouncers. Imam-ul-Haq was the second wicket to go down in the innings. Imam was caught by Mithcell Starc at deep third-man boundary against Marcus Stoinis. Pakistan openers added 134 runs for the opening wicket and provided Pakistan a decent start. 

Australia scored 367 runs in their 50 overs with the help of magnificent centuries from David Warner (163) and Mitchell (121). It is a day full of runs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Australian openers also had a wonderful partnership of 259 for the first wicket and then they lost 9 wickets in 108 runs. Shaheen Afridi picked up a 5-wicket haul against Australia and curtailed Australia to just 367 compared to once they were looking set for 400 plus. 

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